Why Do Patients Delay Dental Appointments?

By Dr. David Wyse on October 15, 2020

Up close photo of hand scalers removing plaque from teethIndividuals avoid the dentist for many reasons. Perhaps they have severe anxiety. Maybe they assume treatment will cost too much. Whatever the reason, putting off dental care can be detrimental to your oral and overall health.

Here, dentists David D. Wyse and Jay W. Chrisman explore the top reasons why patients delay dental appointments. At Wyse Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our Bloomington, IL, team is committed to helping individuals receive the top-tier dental care they need and deserve.

Dental Anxiety

Anxiety or fear surrounding dental visits is one of the main reasons individuals skip their appointments. In fact, research states that over 75 percent of adults have experienced some level of dental anxiety.

At Wyse Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our doctors provide sedation options for those with dental phobias. Sedation dentistry helps patients relax and feel more comfortable and at ease during treatment.

Cost of Treatment

Dental care can be costly. Unfortunately, this means that many individuals put oral healthcare on the back burner. The truth is, dental treatment is much more affordable when issues are addressed early on. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better your long-term health as well.

Drs. Wyse and Chrisman are proud to offer flexible financing options at our Bloomington practice. In addition to filing insurance and accepting major credit cards, we also accept CareCredit®, a third party option that allows individuals to make small payments every month.

Fear of Judgement

Individuals who have avoided the dentist for months, or even years, may feel embarrassed about their condition. Many are also afraid that their dentist will judge them or lecture them due to their lack of care.

At our practice, we understand that life happens. Our goal is to provide all patients with appropriate care and improve their quality of life. We do not focus on the past. We meet you where you are and find ways to improve your oral health now and on into the future.

Busy Schedule

Life happens. Schedules become jam-packed with work, school, and extracurricular activities. Finding time for dental appointments can be challenging.

Keep in mind, however, that routine care is essential for optimal oral health. Our team at Wyse Family and Cosmetic Dentistry strives to accommodate busy schedules. Talk with our team about finding appointment times that work with your needs and lifestyle.

Lack of Concern

Many individuals simply do not understand the importance of dental care. They assume that a few missed cleanings or exams will not affect them. However, even skipping one biannual cleaning can have a detrimental impact on your oral health.

It is also important to understand that prevention is key when it comes to oral health. Detecting and treating issues before they worsen is the best way to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy long term.

Schedule Your Dental Exam Today

Has it been a while since you have visited the dentist? If so, consider scheduling an appointment at our Bloomington practice. Our doctors are equipped to address a variety of dental health problems. Contact us online or give us a call at (309) 663-6393.

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